Covert Plants: Vegetal Consciousness and Agency in an Anthropocentric World

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FORTHCOMING Autumn 2017

Covert Plants contributes to newly emerging discourses on the implications of vegetal life for the arts and culture. This stretches to changes in our perception of ‘nature’ and to the adapting roles of botany, evolutionary ecology, and environmental aesthetics in the humanities. Its editors and contributors seek various expressions of vegetal life rather than the[…]

Of the Contract

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Published: 07/11/2017

Read an Excerpt from Of the Contract Here! Of the Contract is a version of a text that is as old as any memory, or a form of legal instrument that constitutes the basis of the world in which its terms have been translated. The text remains as open to renewal as that world remains[…]

Language Parasites: Of Phorontology

Published: 05/04/2017

Read an Excerpt from Language Parasites Here! Who speaks when you speak? Who writes when you write? Is it “you”—is it the “I” that you think you are? Or are we the chance inheritors of an invasive, exterior parasite—a parasite that calls itself “Being” or “Language?” If our sense of self is best defined on[…]

Philosophy for Militants

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Published: 03/15/2017

My thinking is related to theology as blotting pad is related to ink. It is saturated with it. Were one to go by the blotter, however, nothing of what is written would remain. ~ Walter Benjamin “No longer imminent, the End is immanent.” “Ends are ends,” Frank Kermode goes on to clarify, “only when they[…]

Deleuze and the Passions

Published: 12/21/2016

Read an Excerpt of Deleuze and the Passions HERE! In recent years the humanities, social sciences and neuroscience have witnessed an ‘affective turn,’ especially in discourses around post-Fordist labor, economic and ecological crises, populism and identity politics, mental health, and political struggle. This new awareness would be unthinkable without the pioneering work of Gilles Deleuze, who[…]

Christina McPhee: A Commonplace Book

FORTHCOMING Autumn 2017

“Let us take down one of those old notebooks which we have all, at one time or another, had a passion for beginning. Most of the pages are blank, it is true; but at the beginning we shall find a certain number very beautifully covered with a strikingly legible handwriting….here we have copied out fine[…]

Elemental Disappearances

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Published: 11/28/2016

The marauder’s fragment … positions itself in the prism between futility, annihilation, and playful diversion. And still, it is here that we find the last chance for a world. The things sought after here are apparitional: they appear and disappear at will; they perfect the art of materialization and vanishing. Such is the nature of living dangerously, and with it the[…]

Other Grounds: Breaking Free of the Correlationist Circle

Published: 09/26/2016

Is there any possibility of a fresh and concrete research into the secret contours of objects? ~ Graham Harman, Towards Speculative Realism I would venture to suggest that even the meagre amount of knowledge of the use of the self contained in these pages may be sufficient to enable workers in all fields of investigation,[…]